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9:35 PM ET, December 23, 2012


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ShortTimer / The Patriot Perspective:
David Gregory Violates DC Gun Law On National TV  —  Meet the Press's studios are located in Washington DC.  This morning on “Meet the Press”, David Gregory decided to wave around a 30-round AR-15 magazine.  —  From DC's gun laws: … From Westlaw's listing of DC's gun laws: … Penalties:
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
David Gregory Shocked By NRA's LaPierre: You Fly In The Face Of Common Sense  —  During Sunday's Meet the Press, the National Rifle Association's Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre sat down with host David Gregory and defended his organization's universally panned call for armed guards …
Discussion: The Impolitic and The Raw Story
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Riled Up David Gregory Hammers Wayne LaPierre Over NRA Position On Gun Laws  —  Nine days after the massacre in Newtown, Conn., National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre made his first official press appearance, taking questions from NBC's David Gregory on Meet the Press.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Bloomberg, LaPierre and the Void  —  FOR a week after the Newtown shooting, the conversation was dominated by the self-righteous certainties of the American center-left.  In print and on the airwaves, the chorus was nearly universal: the only possible response to Adam Lanza's rampage …
Discussion: Hot Air, Balloon Juice and Brad DeLong
New York Times:
The Scourge of Concealed Weapons  —  As the nation's leaders devise new gun control strategies following the Connecticut shooting, they should look for ways to strengthen state laws that govern the possession and use of firearms.  In too many states, these laws are weak and, in some cases, seem almost designed to encourage violence.
Eric Lichtblau / The Caucus:   N.R.A. Leaders Stand Firm Against Gun Restrictions
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
NRA-Backed Senator Says Washington Can't Find ‘Real Solutions’ To Gun Violence
Discussion: Fox News and Crooks and Liars
Michael Ono / ABCNEWS:
NRA Chief LaPierre: ‘Call Me Crazy’
Discussion: CNN
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
The story behind Mitt Romney's loss in the presidential campaign to President Obama  —  (Associated Press photo of Mother Jones video)  —  You are reading this article for FREE courtesy of  Get unlimited access.  —  It was two weeks before Election Day when Mitt Romney's …
Candice M. Giove / New York Post:
Ryan Lanza mourns Newtown shooter sibling and mom, claims he's a victim  —  Newtown killer Adam Lanza, who shot dead his mother, six other adults and 20 children, is badly missed by his brother.  —  “I am a victim,” Ryan Lanza, 24, told The Post yesterday in a Facebook chat.  “I loss [sic] my mom and brother.”
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Sen. Barrasso: Obama sees a ‘political victory’ in going over the cliff  —  Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said Sunday he thinks President Obama wants to dive over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”  —  “I believe the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes,” Barrasso told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Isakson would back bill to extend middle-class rates if ‘only choice’ left
Discussion: Politico
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
LaTourette: ‘Plan B’ failure not a rebuke of Boehner's ‘leadership’
Discussion: CNN
CBS News:
Sen. Michael Crapo arrested on DUI in Virginia  —  Sen. Michael Crapo, R.-Idaho, was arrested in Virginia early Sunday morning for driving under the influence, Alexandria police say.  —  Police spokesman Craig T. Fifer said an officer was on routine patrol when he saw Sen. Crapo's vehicle run a red light.
Andrew Dalton / The Huffington Post:
Richard Adams Dead: Gay Marriage Pioneer Dies At Age 65 … Richard Adams , Lgbt Equality Pioneer Dies , Richard Adams Dead , Richard Adams Dies , Richard Adams Dies Age 65 , Richard Adams Gay Marriage , Richard Adams Gay Marriage Pioneer , Gay Voices News  —  LOS ANGELES — Richard Adams …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Anjali Sareen / Mediaite:
Cory Booker Lambasts ‘False’ Gun Debate: 'I Don't Know If Anybody Here Has Seen Someone Shot... I Have'  —  Newark Mayor Cory Booker became visibly frustrated over a debate on gun control on ABC's This Week Sunday, telling panelists, “I don't know if anybody here has seen someone shot.  I have.”
Dave Warner Kevin Murphy / Reuters:
Gun enthusiasts pack shows to buy assault weapons  —  (Reuters) - Gun enthusiasts thronged to shows around the country on Saturday to buy assault weapons they fear will soon be outlawed after a massacre of school children in Connecticut prompted calls for tighter controls on firearms.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards, but Sends Kids to High-Security School  —  David Gregory mocked the NRA's Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards be at every school in America.  But the NBC host seems to have no problem with armed guards protecting his kids everyday where they attend school in Washington, D.C.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Armed guards like air marshals, claims NRA program chief
Discussion: Politico
Alice Hines / The Huffington Post:
FBI Investigated ‘Occupy’ As Possible ‘Terrorism’ Threat, Internal Documents Show … FOLLOW:  —  Video, FBI, Occupy Protests, Occupy Movement, Occupy Wall Street, Police Occupy, Police Surveillance, Business News  —  According to internal documents newly released by the FBI …
Discussion: Truthdig and Hot Air
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Scott Shane / New York Times:
Acting C.I.A. Chief Critical of Film ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
Discussion: The Daily Dish and JustOneMinute
Roland Martin / CNN:
America should see the Newtown carnage
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Fiscal Fail: Government Agencies Plan Few Significant Changes For January, Despite Cliff Hype
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Potential Hagel nomination met with skepticism from senators
Discussion: Power Line and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
A Father's Journey  —  FOR a long while, my father's way of coping …
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Asa Hutchinson, Sen. Johnny Isakson and Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Firedoglake
Toledo Blade:
Mayan skulls say to forget apocalypse
Discussion: Firedoglake